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schemes of Jesuit missionaries and irresponsible
fur traders, human nature, to mention
nothing higher, could not be restrained
from persistent opposition. Yet the essential
failure of his colonizing and monopoly
projects should not obscure his real services
as the greatest French explorer of the
The plan of these two volumes devoted
to La Salle seems to require Some explanation.
The various documents here reprinted
are found in French's Historical
Collections of Louisiana, Part I; Shea's
Discovery and Exploration of the Mississippi
Valley, (Part IV of the Historical Collections),
and Shea's Early Voyages up and
down the Mississippi. The editor has followed
closely the text of these volumes,
except where a careful collation with later
editions of these same documents has shown
a better reading. Some of the editorial
notes appearing in the above volumes have
also been omitted-in some cases because
incorrect or obsolete, in others because of
very little interest except to the special
student. Where this has been done the
bibliographies in the appendix will enable
the curious reader, who has access to the
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/21/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.